All accredited certifiers are required to complete continuing professional development (CPD) to stay up to date with industry developments, skills, tools and knowledge, and statutory responsibilities.
The Building Professionals Board accreditation scheme sets out an annual mandatory CPD program. Certifiers who are employed by a council must meet different CPD requirements to individual certifiers (who operate or work for a private business).
While the Board sets CPD requirements and determines the skills and knowledge needed for each category of accreditation, we do not run the actual training courses or activities.
Mandatory CPD program
The Board’s CPD program has two parts:
- part 1 is mandatory for all certifiers, whether or not employed by a council
- part 2 differs depending on whether a certifier is employed by a council.
Part 1: for all certifiers
All certifiers must complete CPD activities approved by the Board, which may include training in:
- professional practice
- the Building Professionals Act 2005 and Regulation
- the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 and Regulation
- other relevant legislation
- the accreditation scheme
- the Building Code of Australia
- relevant Australian Standards.
New October 2015: mandatory complying development CPD course for all A1-A3 certifiers (council and non-council) .
Part 2: for non-council certifiers
If you’re not a council certifier, you must satisfy the CPD requirements of a professional association or equivalent (related to your area of technical specialty), in addition to the Board’s approved activities. You will not be required to attend more than five days of CPD activities in total each year.
Certifiers who work for a council, but do not hold council accreditation, have the same CPD requirements as other non-council certifiers (more about CPD for private certifiers who work for a council).
Part 2: for council certifiers
If you are a council certifier you must, in addition to our approved CPD activities, complete training in your area of technical specialty:
- during your first year of accreditation, a minimum of four hours of CPD
- during your second year of accreditation, a minimum of six hours of CPD
- during your third year of accreditation and each subsequent year, a minimum of eight hours of CPD.
Training in areas of technical specialty may include, but is not limited to:
- completing a building surveying course listed in the accreditation scheme (Part 2, Schedule 3)
- participating in relevant short courses, seminars, conferences, workshops and committees
- undertaking informal personal study such as reading relevant professional journals, manuals and books.
The Board will accept in-house training by councils as eligible towards CPD requirements, provided the training clearly meets the needs of building surveyors. Also, the Board periodically requires evidence of CPD completion.